Peace Corps Volunteer Spreads Hope and Education Through HIV/AIDS Prevention

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Abigail Halberg was far removed from HIV/AIDS before joining the Peace Corps. It was a far-fetched concept she could not entirely grasp, even after working as a nurse for several years.

But serving in the Peace Corps changed her relationship with health and HIV/AIDS for the better.

“Before the Peace Corps, I had never met anyone with HIV/AIDS,” Halberg said. “Now, I see that people living with HIV/AIDS are strong, proud, active members of their communities.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Volunteer Spreads Hope and Education Through HIV/AIDS Prevention”

Peace Corps Campus Recruiter Inspires Wash U Students

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With a bachelor’s degree in international development from the University of California Los Angeles, Allie Simpson is ready to inspire the next generation of Peace Corps Volunteers as the on-campus Peace Corps recruiter. After graduating from UCLA in 2012, Simpson departed for the Peace Corps in 2013 and served as a HIV outreach project Volunteer in South Africa until 2015.

Now, Simpson embarks on her first year of graduate school at Wash U, where she is studying social work with a concentration in children, youth and families, specializing in system dynamics.

“After studying international development for four years in college, I was tired of learning about the failures in development on a large-scale, so I wanted to get involved on a smaller scale, working in partnership with a community to understand their needs and help make a change,” Simpson said. “I believed the Peace Corps’ method was the most sustainable and effective way to make a difference. I was also obsessed with adventure and learning new cultures and couldn’t resist applying.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Campus Recruiter Inspires Wash U Students”

Mobile, Alabama, Native Selected For Peace Corps Service in Botswana

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Name: LoRen Burroughs

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

College: University of South Alabama

Major: Professional health management

LoRen Burroughs, 25, of Mobile, Alabama, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Botswana on July 30 to begin training as a health and HIV/AIDS capacity building specialist. Burroughs will work at the community level to develop strategic plans to combat the rise of HIV/AIDS in her community. She will also address gaps in services, educate at-risk youth, and work with local nonprofits that focus on preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and mitigate the effects for those living or affected by the disease.

“I gravitated to the Peace Corps because of my devotion to public service,” Burroughs said. “Giving back is and has always been my life’s calling. It seemed only right.” Continue reading “Mobile, Alabama, Native Selected For Peace Corps Service in Botswana”

University of Minnesota moves to No. 3 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Krista Krauss is serving in Guatemala as a maternal and child health volunteer. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2011.
Krista Krauss is serving in Guatemala as a maternal and child health volunteer. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013.

CHICAGO – The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN) has moved up on Peace Corps’ annual Top Colleges list, claiming the No. 3 spot among large universities, the agency announced today. Currently, there are 59 Minnesota graduates serving abroad.

This year marks the university’s 16th appearance on the annual list. In 2014, UMN jumped 10 spots to No. 10, and last year it moved up to fifth place.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 1,502 alums have served overseas, making the UMN the No. 19 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “University of Minnesota moves to No. 3 on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

Michigan State earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Chelsea Rawe graduate from Michigan State University in May 2014. She is currently•serving in Nepal as a health volunteer.
Chelsea Rawe graduate from Michigan State University in May 2014. She is currently• serving in Nepal as a health volunteer.

CHICAGO – For the 16th consecutive year, Michigan State University has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. With 33 Spartans currently making a difference around the world as volunteers, MSU ranks No. 22 among large universities nationwide on the 2016 list.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 2,357 alums have served overseas, making Michigan State the No. 6 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers.

“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.” Continue reading “Michigan State earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

University of Chicago earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Abigail Pershing (center) graduated from the University of Chicago in 2014. She is currently serving as an education volunteer in XX.
Abigail Pershing (center) graduated from the University of Chicago in 2014. She is currently serving as a health volunteer in Senegal.

CHICAGO – For the third year in a row, the University of Chicago has placed on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities across the country. The school ranks No. 25 with 13 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 762 UChicago graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers.

“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.” Continue reading “University of Chicago earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”

The College of Wooster earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list

Eryn Greaney (center) has been serving as a health volunteer in Ghana since April 2015. She is a May 2014 graduate of The College of Wooster.
Eryn Greaney (center) has been serving as a health volunteer in Ghana since April 2015. She is a May 2014 graduate of The College of Wooster.

CHICAGO –The College of Wooster has earned a spot on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Colleges list, ranking No. 23 among small universities, the agency announced today. Currently, there are eight alumni serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

This is the first year that college has made the annual list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. Since the agency was created in 1961, 302Wooster alums have served overseas. Continue reading “The College of Wooster earns a spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools list”